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Medical Cargo Drones Training

International health organizations, governments, major donors, non-governmental organizations and companies are increasingly looking to use cargo drones to improve public health services. So what does it actually take to run cargo drone deliveries for public health? Far more than most realize.

Participants in the this WeRobotics Online Training course will learn

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General Atomics Gets $275M US Army Services Contract

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $275,000,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for aircraft, satellite communications air data terminals, universal ground data terminals, program management, and equipment maintenance and repair. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Poway, California,

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French Navy Creates Shipborne UAV Squadron

The French Navy will make Flottille 36F, based at Hyères, near Toulon, its first shipborne unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron. The move will see Flottille 36F operate the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter UAVs, which will be deployed onboard the navy’s Mistral-class landing helicopter dock ships. The squadron currently operates the AS565SA

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Yemeni Rebels Unveil Long-Range UAVs

The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (popularly known as the Houthis) unveiled on 7 July weapons that it has been using to attack Saudi Arabia in recent months, including a ground-launched cruise missile that may have been used to attack Abha International Airport on 12 June. Saudi military spokesman Colonel

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Another Skylark Down in Gaza

A military reconnaissance drone crashed in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, reportedly after it was shot down by a Palestinian terror group in the coastal enclave. The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that the small unmanned aerial vehicle, known as a Skylark, had crashed in the Gaza Strip, but

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Everdrone completes first autonomous drone delivery between hospitals in Sweden

Deliveries in urban environments is by many considered to be the holy grail of the drone industry. Swedish software and drone service developer, Everdrone, just completed their first fully autonomous deliveries between two hospitals in central Gothenburg. The flight stretched 4,4 km and was made possible through a first-of-its-kind permit

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A new dual-propeller drone can fly twice as long

EPFL startup Flybotix has developed a novel drone with just two propellers and an advanced stabilization system that allow it to fly for twice as long as conventional models. That fact, together with its small size, makes it perfect for inspecting hard-to-reach parts of industrial facilities such as ducts. The

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Septentrio strengthens its GNSS/INS portfolio with a single antenna receiver

High-precision GPS/INS receiver is now available with a single antenna for faster integration, lighter weight and lower power consumption. High-precision GPS/INS receiver is now available with a single antenna option for faster integration, lighter weight and lower power consumption. Leuven, Belgium – July 16, 2019 Septentrio, a leader in high-precision

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DroneBase Purchases Betterview’s Roof-Reporting Software To Provide End-To-End Property Inspection Services

DroneBase, the leading global drone services company, today announced that it has acquired Betterview’s drone roof inspection software and services, establishing the company’s first foray into analytics and first purchase. The transition will seamlessly carry over both the software technology and customers to DroneBase, while Betterview will solely focus on

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Researchers Trial Camera-Based Auto-Land System

Researchers at two German universities have tested an experimental automatic landing system on a light aircraft that uses optical information from onboard cameras and satellite positioning data, instead of ground-based navigation aids. The system was tested in May at Wiener Neustadt airfield in Austria on a modified Diamond DA42 piston-twin

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RIEGL Invests in New Office and Production Facilities

RIEGL, a manufacturer of LiDAR scanners for surveying applications headquartered in Horn, Austria, is investing heavily in the expansion of production and office space. The continued, worldwide demand for the high-performance sensors allows the company to grow and expand further. RIEGL, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is now

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Interior Department Approves Government Edition DJI Models

The Interior Department authorized officials to buy drones from a Chinese manufacturer that experts in government and industry view as a national security threat. On July 3, the agency approved the purchase of two specific models of drones built by SZ DJI Technology, a Chinese firm that occupies nearly three-quarters

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Aurora Indefinitely Delays First Flight of Odysseus HAPS

Aurora Flight Sciences has indefinitely delayed the first flight of its Odysseus solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology demonstrator nine months after unveiling the platform to the public. “Odysseus is an active development programme that offers a unique capability, which is why we are taking more

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Epirus CTO to Speak at DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit

Epirus Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Dr. Bo Marr will join other top U.S. technology innovators as a presenter at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit on July 17 in Detroit, Michigan. Epirus is the only U.S. developer of software-defined electromagnetic pulse (EMP) technology—a

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Teledyne Energy Systems and Vertical Partners Enter Agreement for Advanced Grade Power Solutions

Vertical Partners West and Teledyne Energy Systems Inc. (TESI) announce a collaborative agreement to serve the power needs in the emerging and rapidly growing unmanned, robotic and mission-critical portable power market. Vertical Partners West, LLC parent company of Venom Power, a leading supplier of drone batteries and charging solutions for

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RIEGL Invests in New Office and Production Facilities!

New, additional facility expansions at the headquarters in Austria as well as a new facility in the United States. RIEGL, an internationally successful manufacturer of LiDAR scanners for surveying applications headquartered in Horn, Austria, is investing heavily in the expansion of production and office space. The continued, worldwide demand for

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Preventing Airspace Hazards at the RBC Canadian Open

The 110th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship was underway this summer, with elite athletes competing and spectators cheering on the grand prize winner, Rory McIlroy. Thousands filtered in and out of Hamilton Golf & Country Club over the course of the four-day event, and while moving on the

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Shilligan’s Island

When the #ChiComms floods your waders – DJI has handled the “we don’t want your data” issue so poorly three times now that the insult to injury has had to cost them millions of dollars in revenue and their credibility is now comfortably perched two notches below laughable. The only

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ConserWater Announces MoistureFocus, NitrumFocus and PhosphoFocus AI to bring Sensor-Free Soil Moisture, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Levels to All Farmers

Artificial Intelligence is disrupting all industries. However, technology revolution in AgTech has always lagged other industries. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to dramatically shift world agriculture by finally making it possible for every farmer to use leading edge technologies and be part of the revolution. ConserWater Technologies is headquartered in

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DroneShield releases DroneGun MKIII

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to release a breakthrough new product, DroneGun MKIIITM, following extensive development in response to end-user feedback. The product is available for purchase from today to qualified end-users, where lawful (refer to note below). DroneGun MKIIITM is a portable pistol-shape drone jammer,

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Involi and AirMap Collaborate to Integrate Air Traffic Awareness with UTM

Involi, an air traffic data provider for UAS and AirMap, a global airspace intelligence platform for drones, have announced their collaboration to offer a pre-integrated UTM and Air Traffic Awareness solution for safe, efficient, and scalable drone operations. The safe integration of drones into low-altitude airspace alongside manned aviation has

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Russian Naval Aviation Armed with Drones

The Russian Navy follows the trend to operate robotic systems and increases the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the naval aviation. Naval aviation Commander Major-General Igor Kozhin said drone development for the Navy is a priority guideline for leading design bureaus. The naval aviation has to upgrade the

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Black Sage C-UAS Bought by Private Equity Group

Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm investing exclusively in aerospace, defense and intelligence, has announced the acquisition of Black Sage Technologies (Black Sage), a company specialised in in the development, integration and deployment of counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) solutions, headquartered in Boise, Idaho. As a developer of C-UAS solutions,

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